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50 Years Ago: Antiwar Protesters Brutally Attacked in Police Riots at 1968 Democratic Convention

50 Years Ago: Antiwar Protesters Brutally Attacked in Police Riots at 1968 Democratic Convention

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It was 50 years ago this week that the 1968 Democratic National Convention in Chicago became a national spectacle, as a major political event veered into chaos that culminated with a police riot, much of it unfolding on live national television.

The 1968 DNC came in the middle of a year of mass protests against the Vietnam War. Protests also erupted and civil disorders in April, when Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated. Then, on June 5th, Robert Kennedy was killed as he sought the Democratic Party nomination for president.

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